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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I've always felt comfortable in the kitchen, but am only now feeling comfortable throwing together my own ingredients rather than strictly following a recipe. My boyfriend and I enjoy dividing up cooking duties and occasionally staging our own "Iron Chef" battles using our favorite ingredients.
My favorite things to cook
Breads, GOOD casseroles (not those yucky ones I had to eat growing up), soups, fish
My favorite family cooking traditions
It was tradition to make Chicken Kiev -- perhaps my favorite main dish ever -- every Christmas Eve, which I still try to do every year. It's not the healthiest dish but it IS good!
My cooking triumphs
Flourless chocolate cake (recipe from this site making some minor tweaks) that has become THE birthday cake request from several.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing truly tragic cooking-wise, though I have been known to make quite a tragic mess in the kitchen!
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Authentic Chinese Egg Rolls (from a Chinese person)
Wow. Just wow. I've been on a kick of trying recipes I never thought I would be able to do right, and this turned out incredible. I downsized the filling to cabbage, bean sprouts, and carrot (all I had in the house), cooked and in oil and soy sauce and fried as directed. Watch the video for making this recipe on the site -- it will INFINITELY make rolling your egg rolls (and possibly other dishes) much easier. My local restaurants charge $6-7 for an order of 4 egg rolls ... never again will I pay that, as this recipe was just as good or better, and at a fraction of the cost. My boyfriend and I intended to make it as an appetizer, and we just put away the entree and ate this as our whole meal. Can't wait to try it with other variations, next time with the mushrooms and green onions in the original recipe! Thanks Mendy!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2014
Baked Shrimp Scampi
I've made scampi dozens of times on the stovetop with butter, wine and garlic, but the cayenne and bread crumbs added taste and texture that made the whole dish pop. YUM!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2013
Crispy Vegetable Pakoras
I've made this recipe a half-dozen times in different ways, and there doesn't seem to be a way to go wrong! My favorite combo is do do a mix of chopped spinach with finely diced potato, cauliflower and onion (thawed frozen veggies work just fine too). Add more chili powder or a bit of cayenne if you're in the mood for something spicier, but the base recipe itself is solid. The hardest part is probably waiting to make sure the pakoras stay in the pan long enough to get super crispy, because they're so good that no one wants to wait to eat more!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2013

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